Friday, July 19, 2013

Victoria's Green Matters - 19th July 2013

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury

Many people will feel that the effects of climate change will only be felt in a minor way here in the UK. It may even bring some benefits if we have some warmer and dryer weather enabling us to grow crops that we find difficult to grow now. The dreadful floods that have affected some parts of the country in recent years give an inkling as to what it must be like in countries that are already being subject to changes in their weather to a much greater degree than us.

The experts tell us that the period of weather that is with us now may last for the next ten years so we must get use to grey, cold springs and late arriving summers. The movement of the jet stream, caused by melting Arctic sea ice, has been responsible for the change.

Many experts are now agreeing that climate change is the greatest threat to the world today. Military experts, in particular, who have seen the world at its worst, are convinced that the effects of climate change in other parts of the world will affect us in many ways, not least in food supplies.

An example today is a shortage of microchips in California and Poland that has been caused by catastrophic floods in Thailand and so many of our vital systems rely on computers to operate.

There are many reasons why we should try to limit the effects of climate change to literally save the world.

Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.

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